Carl handles a diverse administrative and regulatory law practice with substantial expertise in electric energy, financial services and health care. He represents clients before the Texas Legislature and state and local regulatory bodies, in agency rulemakings and contested case proceedings, in state and federal courts, and in transactional matters. Carl’s litigation practice often begins as a matter before a governmental entity, such as an application for permit or rulemaking or investigation, which proceeds to trial court or administrative hearing litigation, and then to appeal. His experience representing clients through the entire administrative and civil process provides consistency and stability to clients, with more efficient representation should a matter reach appeal.
Carl represents electric cooperatives, municipal utilities, landowners, and business interests before the Public Utility Commission of Texas and courts. He has assisted clients in matters involving applications for certificates of convenience and necessity (CCN), service area exceptions, service area disputes, retails rates and wholesale transmission service rates in ERCOT. Carl has served as lead counsel in numerous contested case hearings, including matters involving transmission lines, rate changes, and load transfers. He also assists the firm's clients on a variety of matters ranging from legislation, regulatory compliance, corporate governance, generation interconnections, data mining loads, pole attachments, rural broadband, privacy and data security, easements and business transactions.
As legal counsel to an association of regulated consumer lenders, Carl has broad knowledge of federal and state regulations governing consumer lending. His experience includes compliance with industry-related laws, privacy and data security regulations, and consumer protection regulations, such as the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, Dodd-Frank Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act, Red Flag Identity Theft Prevention rules, Risk-Based Pricing rules and various other regulations implemented by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Texas Office of Consumer Credit Commissioner and Texas Finance Commission. Carl has also represented clients in rulemaking proceedings and has litigation experience dealing with fair debt collection and privacy matters.
Carl serves as legal counsel to an association of licensed dentists, giving him experience on a variety of healthcare matters. He represents clients at the Texas Legislature and before state agencies in rulemaking and compliance-related issues affecting the practice of dentistry. He has assisted clients before the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Office of the Attorney General, Office of Inspector General, and Texas State Board of Dental Examiners.
News & Publications
- June 3, 2022
- May 21, 2021
- January 22, 2020
- May 7, 2019
- September 10, 2018
- Speaker, Managing the Legal Aspects of Easements, TEC 25th Annual Engineering Conference, Texas Electric Cooperatives, Austin, TexasSeptember 19, 2017
- April 10, 2017
- March 22, 2016
- March 10, 2015
- May 9, 2014
- March 8, 2013
- May 24, 2010
- May 24, 2010
Honors & Recognition
- Chambers & Partners USA, Energy: State Regulatory & Litigation (Electricity), Band 3 (2021)
- Chambers & Partners USA Up and Coming, Electric Energy (2019-2020)
- Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars list, a Thomson Reuters service, General Litigation (2013-2018)
Community & Professional
- Austin Bar Association
Law Clerk, Supreme Court of Texas, Justice Dale Wainwright, 2005-2006
The University of Houston Law Center, J.D., 2005 (magna cum laude; Order of the Coif; Order of the Barons; Articles Editor, Houston Law Review)
The University of Texas at Austin, M.A., 2002 (with honors, Phi Beta Kappa)
Texas State University, B.S., 2000 (summa cum laude)
- United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas